Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse
Opened in: February 2014
Owned by: André Balazs

The story: The long awaited first London hotel from American hotelier André Balazs, Chiltern Firehouse has had the media reeling this year. With Hollywood celebrities visiting in their coach loads and a waiting list longer than the length of the River Thames, the new hotel was THE place to be seen this summer. The transformation of the Victorian-gothic fire station build in 1889 into a sleek boutique was in capable hands; Balazs is the man behind some of North America’s most glamorous hotels. Located at 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, the 26-bedroom hotel and 200 capacity restaurant has now become a swanky New York-inspired eatery and boutique establishment.

Why we like it: Balazs has packed up his traditional American style and plonked it right in the heart of the capital. High ceilings, hanging light fittings, large mirrors and a busy open kitchen, all help to give Chiltern a timeless feel. Guests are greeted by attractive top-hatted doormen and escorted through a pretty garden courtyard to their tables. London’s hottest celebrity hangout has certainly earned its crown this year and its popularity shows no signs of slowing as we head towards 2015.

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Grace Dent of the London Evening Standard described the hotel’s restaurant as a “glorious dining room that is part classic French brasserie, part industrial—supporting pillars, a fireman’s pole and low-hanging lights—and part chintzy in-joke with pot plants, ornaments, thick hallway carpets and marble tables.”

TripAdvisor rating: 88 EXCELLENT




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